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How do antidepressants work? We still don’t know

[A]bout a third of Americans are showing signs of depression or anxiety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s about ...
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Brain wave patterns could eliminate ‘trial and error’ approach to antidepressants

Scientists have taken a small step toward personalizing treatment for depression. A study of more than 300 people with major ...
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Second psychopharmacology revolution: New drugs could change the way we treat depression

The field of psychopharmacology was born during the 15 years between 1955 and 1970. Now, nearly 60 years later, the field of psychiatry may ...
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Long-term antidepressant use linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death

More Americans are taking antidepressant medications like Prozac and Zoloft for extended periods of time: One-quarter of people on the ...
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Can genetic testing pinpoint the right antidepressant, or is it just ‘a shot in the dark’?

For patients who weren’t responding well after trying one or two different antidepressants, [physician Jeremy Bruce] started sending samples of ...
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Exercise can fight depression, but it doesn’t work for everyone

Is there evidence to support the idea that exercise can have an effect on depression? And if so, how much ...
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Can this DNA test find the right depression medication for you?

Using DNA testing to determine how well a given depression medication will work with a patient's genetic makeup is becoming ...
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Antidepressant withdrawal effects ‘severe’ for more than half of patients, study says

“More than half (56 percent) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects,” assert the authors of ...
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Genetic tests are used to determine antidepressant efficacy – but science might not back up claims

It can be notoriously difficult for psychiatrists and patients to determine which antidepressant might be most effective, or which might cause side ...
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Treating autism with serotonin

Boosting levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social, according to a study published [August ...
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Genetic therapies won’t solve depression anytime soon

Can a better understanding of the genetics of depression lead us to safer, more effective treatments for the disease? ...